The Book I Bought for January: Devotions for Beginning Readers

DevotionsBeginningWelcome to the start of my monthly 2015 series, “The Book I Bought for …” It was so much fun last year, I have to do it again!

All through 2014 I bought a book a month to support retailers and authors and recommended the books to you here on my blog. Then I put the books into an after Christmas giveaway.

Your responses to the recommendations and the giveaway encouraged me so much–thank you!  Now let’s turn the spotlight again on excellent books for a child’s growing faith.

The book I bought for January

For January I chose Devotions for Beginning Readers by Crystal Bowman and Christy Lee Taylor, illustrated by Sophie Burrows, published by Tommy Nelson.

Crystal, a former teacher, has written popular devotions books for younger children, including The One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers and some of the Little Blessings books. Devotions for Beginning Readers is for new and beginning readers.

I love the concept of this book!

230 short, kid-friendly, easy-to-understand devotions use carefully selected vocabulary geared to prekindergarten through second grade reading levels. Words from the Dolch sight word list are also included.

Each devotion features a Today’s Word, repeated frequently to help young readers build vocabulary and confidence.

A Bible verse heads each devotion, and a short prayer follows.

I love the look of this book!

Page layouts are similar throughout the book, so new readers won’t get confused. But the pages aren’t boring! Color bars and blocks, large colorful titles, and upbeat illustrations keep things lively. The illustrations include both biblical and contemporary scenes and people, and the people are ethnically diverse–a big plus.


I would have liked the text fonts to be just a bit larger and heavier, but that might be because my eyes are a little older than those of the readers the book is for!

I love the goal of this book too!

The back cover expresses it well:

Build confidence in young readers as they learn about God’s love . . .

A love for reading starts at an early age. And there is nothing more important or life changing for a child to read than the message of God’s love!

– Diane

9 Responses to “The Book I Bought for January: Devotions for Beginning Readers”

  1. Reply Donna Shepherd

    I LOVE that you buy and review. How kind of you! I got tickled at what you said about the fonts, but I imagine that would be a consideration. There are so very many grandparents reading to children, too! The concept, illustrations, and layout of the book are great. I’ll keep this in mind as a gift for the children in my life. Thanks for the review.

    • Reply Diane Stortz

      Thanks for your support and encouragement, Donna! And I’m glad to hear you’re interested in the book. It’s a good one!

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